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Hundreds of kids complete first mile of marathon
Covenant Kids Run officially underway after dash at Zoo Knoxville on Jan. 27
Family members, friends, fitness enthusiasts and educators cheered as children from across East Tennessee kicked off the Covenant Kids Run with a 1-mile event at Zoo Knoxville.
The event, part of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, encourages children to complete a 26.2-mile staggered marathon over two months. The one-mile fun run at Zoo Knoxville officially kicks off the exercise program and is intended to encourage children to stay active.
“The Covenant Kids Run kickoff is a day of excitement from start to finish, said Jason Altman, executive director of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. “The kids enjoyed new animal exhibits and had a great time as they dashed through the zoo. It was great to see families encouraging the kids and cheering them on as they crossed the finish line, and we can’t wait to see even more participants at the Covenant Kids Run on March 24.
“Even if you missed the kickoff at the zoo, you can still register and start your progress toward a personal marathon.”
The participants will run the last mile together March 24, starting on the Clinch Avenue Viaduct in World’s Fair Park and ending on the 50-yard line inside Neyland Stadium.
Registration is open at knoxvillemarathon.com. Children in the eighth grade and younger can participate in the Covenant Kids Run. Each child who registers also can download the free logbook to track 25 miles of walking, running or the exercise equivalent, such as 30 minutes of active playtime, leading up to the March 24 final 1-mile run during the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon race weekend.
Each child that participates in the Covenant Kids Run also earns one point for his or her school in the Fittest School Challenge, a competition among area elementary schools. Schools register for the Covenant Kids Run and provide a total student enrollment count. The top 10 schools with the highest percentage of student participation in the race win prize money and the title of Fittest School.
For more information and to register for the Covenant Kids Run and all races, visit www.knoxvillemarathon.com.
For additional information:
Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
About the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well-being through running and walking.